Barry R. McKinnon is a company principal and a senior consultant. He had been in the sound contracting field since 1976, and then made the move to consulting in 1991. He brings with him a broad background including: on-air and production radio technician with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, plus 15 years of experience in the design, manufacture and installation of sound reinforcement, production, and recording systems in various sizes of venues. Loudspeaker design and measurement are a specialty of his, having spent several years developing and manufacturing speaker systems for both portable use and permanent installations with the aid of the TEF analyser.
He is also a graduate of SYN-AUD-CON's sound system design, TEF analysis, Advanced Measurement, and Speech Intelligibility courses, and has attended many other technology application courses. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and has presented and chaired forums and sessions at the NSCA conferences.
He has a long history of working with computer aided loudpeaker and room acoustic design, beginning in the early 90's with AcoustaCADD and CADP2, and now working with the most current version of EASE (Enhanced Acoustic Simulator for Engineers). There have been many opportunities to design rooms and systems using the software and then do test and measurements in the completed spaces to verify the results. Barry has found it to be an effective way to optimize speaker system performance.
As a senior consultant in A/V system design, Barry has worked on a broad variety of venues and applications. He has done AV system designs for council chambers, lecture theatres, video conference facilities, churches, arenas, outdoor voice warning systems, outdoor sports and entertainment grandstands, high-end home theatre systems, corporate facilities and other more unusual projects. The video systems have covered an extensive range: from desktop flat panel LCD display systems to large scale LCD or LED video walls, with inputs ranging from computer graphics, HD cameras, DVD and media recorder/players. He has integrated robotic camera systems into presentation systems, as well as streaming media capabilities for intranet and internet applications.
He has written for several US based and International trade publications, including Systems Contractor News, Pro Sound News, Sound & Video Contractor, Sound & Communication, Recording Engineer & Producer, Live Sound, Studio Sound and other magazines over the years. He also authored one of the seminal works about live sound in the late 1970's.
Marcel Schoenenberger is a company principal and a senior consultant. Marcel joined the firm with thirteen years experience of Audio Visual system consulting, design & integration in Switzerland, Canada and worldwide. In his career his responsibilities have involved the design and integration of high performance video, audiovisual, broadcast video and control systems for broadcast studios, corporate boardrooms, control rooms, educational facilities, courtrooms, high end home theatres as well as the design & configuration of temporary systems setups for major conventions, conferences, high-end sports events and feature cinema movie productions.
In his 28-year career in Switzerland, Canada and worldwide, Marcel's responsibilities have involved the design and integration of enterprise level technology solutions including, sound, videoconferencing, audiovisual, collaboration, distance education, digital signage and control systems for a wide variety of type of applications ranging from courtrooms, conference rooms, to classrooms and medical simulation training centers.
His experience in understanding usage modality provides a key benefit allowing Marcel to develop innovative and creative solutions to the challenges of performance and functional requirements, operational requirements, and budget resources.
For the past 16 years Marcel has specialized in the development of enterprise level secondary and post-secondary institutional and corporate educational type systems, including distance education enabled systems used for collaboration among remote sites.
Another area of focus has been the development of integrated systems in the field of medical simulation training systems, integrating the functional and performance requirements of the A/V systems, the capturing and debriefing systems and the human patient simulation systems into one easy to operate, fully functional & reliable simulation training system.
One of Marcel's core areas of expertise is the development of new and innovative collaboration technology solutions designed to support emerging teaching & learning, conferencing & Collaboration methodologies.
Kyle Matheson is a company prinicpal and a senior consultant with over fourteen years experience in sound and audio-visual systems design, installation and commissioning. His first introduction to audio and video came by working with touring productions and with the local professional theatre, Western Canada Theatre Company. Kyle did an apprenticeship in Technical Direction with WCTC that lead to technical direction positions at various theatres, building experience in rigging, lighting design, sound design, live mixing and theatre management.
In his recent position at a large AV integrator, Kyle developed a role within the company that allowed for a hybrid of project management and technical expertise culminating in the position of Vice President of Design and Technology. This allowed him to work on a myriad of different projects, gaining valuable experience in all the different disciplines of an integrated technology solution including audio, video, control and networking.
Kyle focused on systemization of both project management and technology deployment. Under his supervision the systems integrator developed standardized documentation procedures, unified quotations and scopes of work, as well as an audio video calibration standard that allowed them to design, bid and implement some of the largest technology projects in Canada.
Additionally, Kyle's calibration and commissioning skills will verify that systems meet or exceed design specifications, allowing users to experience technology in an immersive and non-intrusive manner.
With McSquared, Kyle is excited to continue to grow his skills in advanced audio measurement and calibration, as well as continue to develop deployment standards and standardizations within enterprise grade projects. He will use his experience with networks to focus on streaming technologies and server based deployments of audio, video and technology.
Renée Stewart-Smith is a company principal and a Senior Consultant. She began her career in the audiovisual industry as an installation technician, and rapidly moved into management, engineering, and design roles as her experience and knowledge increased.
She has participated in audiovisual projects ranging in size and complexity from a single meeting room presentation system to immersive distance education conferencing systems, distributed across multiple campuses. Clients have included corporate, entertainment, houses of worship, government, residential, and all levels of education. Systems that she has worked on cover a wide variety of purposes, including distance education, conferencing, collaboration, presentation, medical simulation, and digital signage.
Previous to her work in audio visual integration, Renée was a Scenic Designer for theatrical productions. Her designs often included projection and other technology-based elements in seamless conjunction with architectural and physical components.
In addition to her role as a senior consultant leading projects, Renée continues her systemization initiative with McSquared, supporting both our customers' design and project management needs, and managing the production and support systems for the McSquared team.
Mike Delaney joins McSquared as a senior consultant with over 35 years of experience in audio system design and installation.
Mike was project coordinator for sound system installations in renovations and new construction at the Calgary Stampede. In addition, responsibilities included managing and operating the Park-wide audio distribution and routing network for the Calgary Stampede.
During his career with the Stampede, Mike has completed numerous A/V certifications at NSCA, SYN-AUD-CON, Global Knowledge and Biamp.
Mike developed and administered the Stampede Park-wide audio network system carrying Cobranet digital audio to all the buildings, and more recently AVB linking of remote sound systems to a central server. He also developed the audio DSP configuration and programming of the enormous audio DSP system in the Calgary Stampede Grandstand, and for other buildings on Stampede Park.
Mike became proficient in programming Avaya and Extreme Networks switches. The current audio network distributes audio to multiple buildings to allow Park-wide paging and notification, content delivery and event overflow to any building on Stampede Park. Mike brings considerable experience in the creation and remote monitoring of reliable, robust networks for audio distribution in mission critical applications.
Wade McGregor, one of the founding partners, has retired.
Mc Squared System Design Group, Inc
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